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Life on the Atlanta BeltLine: the Allens

Henry and Sarah Allen moved intown nearly 20 years ago to what is now Stanton Oaks Apartments across from D. H. Stanton Park. They wanted to be closer to their daughter, so moved in from the west side of town. Over the years, the Allens heard about the Atlanta BeltLine and discovered how close they are to the future Atlanta BeltLine’s Southside Trail. They’ve developed relationships with their neighbors and love their Peoplestown community. Every morning, they take a walk through D. H. Stanton Park and often take visitors to the greenspace.

In 2016, a public-private partnership completely renovated the 43 apartments, then called the Boyton Village Apartments (read more about it here). Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., Invest Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Woda Group, Inc. and Parallel Housing, Inc. put $7.8 million into the project. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. contributed a $800,000 grant from the BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund (BAHTF). The affordable housing project is targeted toward individuals and families with income-levels below 50% of area median income (AMI).

The partners worked together to support the temporary relocation of residents while they completed the rehabs. Residents then moved back into brand new apartments. The Allens were an exception. They chose to move to a one-story unit closer to the park – a dream home they had always had their eye on. 

Hear their story in the video above and see how funds from the Atlanta BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund positively impacted their lives!

Stanton Oaks, a 43-unit affordable housing rehab, opened in 2016. Photo: The Sintoses.

Stanton Oaks, a 43-unit affordable housing rehab, opened in 2016. Photo: The Sintoses.

Mr. and Mrs. Allen's home in Stanton Oaks Apartments were completely renovated. They moved back into a corner home which they had wanted for a long time.

Mr. and Mrs. Allen’s home in Stanton Oaks Apartments was completely renovated. They moved back into a corner home which they had wanted to live in for a long time.

D. H. Stanton Park can be seen from the front of the Allens' home.

D. H. Stanton Park can be seen from the front of the Allens’ home.

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